Thomas attacked first and got about 50m at most on the group. Bernal was sat behind Alaphilippe chilling at that point. When Thomas couldn’t take anymore of a gap and Kruijswijk attacked the group Bernal skipped round Alaphilippe and ride everyone of his wheels and away he went. He was clearly the strongest of the Ineos ridersIndianCyclist said:i think their strategy was for Thomas to win the TDF. Bernal to attack on Iseran and the others would chase on the flats while G is comfortable behind their wheels. Once Bernal is caught or 3 k from the finish when the others are tired, G to attack, pass Bernal and win the TDF.
When the stage was terminated at Iseran, and Bernal was yellow, there were no emotions from Portal, G, DB or even Bernal himself. It was like a funeral procession. Any other rider or team would be ecstatic over getting the yellow.